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Rizla Suzuki surprise with secret Australian test

Rizla Suzuki surprise with secret Australian test

Whilst the majority of the MotoGP grid test in Europe this week, Rizla Suzuki have sprung a surprise on the paddock with the revelation that they have been secretly carrying out testing at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia over the past two days.

Whilst the majority of the MotoGP grid test in Europe this week, Rizla Suzuki have sprung a surprise on the paddock with the revelation that they have been secretly carrying out testing at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia over the past two days.

Able to carry out extensive work on the 2008 prototype GSV-R on an otherwise empty antipodean track, Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi put in 400 laps between them in their final ride of 2007.

Whilst their fastest laps were not made public, Vermeulen hinted that the best time he recorded was an improvement on his GMC Australian Grand Prix race pace from 2007, although he emphasised that the stopwatch was not his focus on this particular occasion.

"This has been a very positive test for us and we have got through loads of stuff during the two days!" said the Australian at his home track. "It's quite difficult to gauge how well you are doing with no other riders here, but that has also been a positive thing as we have been able to get on with our job and not worry about other riders or lap-times. I know my pace on the new bike was better than the race here in October, but that was not what this test was all about.

"We were here to find out what would make the bike work better and we have certainly made big steps towards doing that, we have learned a lot that will help us not just at Phillip Island but elsewhere as well. It's now just a shame that we have seven weeks off as I would like to continue working with the new bike and making sure we are as competitive as we can be when the season starts next March!"

Finding his feet with a new team for 2008, Loris Capirossi has thus far made a seamless transition to Suzuki machinery. The veteran also left Australia content with the work undertaken, and raring to go after the testing embargo.

"It was a very good test for me. I did nearly 200 laps and got through an incredible amount of work and we have found a good direction to go in. We got though our full test schedule and although we still have some things to improve, we now have a clear idea of what is needed and we are confident that we know how we are going to get there," said the Italian.

"I am really enjoying my time with the new team and it is now sad that we have to have such a long break, but I will come back refreshed and ready to get going at the end of January – I can't wait for my first race on the Suzuki!"

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MotoGP, 2007

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